Stay and Play! Bike Local Trails and Then Relax with Us

Looking for somewhere new to bike?
Can’t decide between a city getaway or a retreat INto nature?

Book a getaway at The Kensington and enjoy the best of both worlds in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas!

According to local legend, Ann Arbor was named after the wives of its founders and a stand of bur oaks – or possibly a grape arbor that the lovely Anns were fond of sitting under together. Whichever version you believe, there’s no denying that Ann Arbor has carried on the founders’ love of trees and the outdoors.

With over 50,000 trees in the city, and parks ranging from neighborhood favorites to the 300-acre University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor manages to blend city and country in a near-perfect combination. What could be better than spending a day out in nature, followed by an evening of relaxation, culture, and great food in the city?

One of the best ways to experience all the area has to offer is by bike. For city rides, downtown boasts over 90 miles of bike lanes and over 900 bike parking spots. How welcoming is that?!

Not only are the downtown and campus areas bike friendly, but Ann Arbor is surrounded by excellent bike trails ranging from paved loops along the Huron River to woods and wetlands for mountain bikers of every experience level.

Here are some local favorites:

Bluffs Nature Area

Nearly 40 acres and trails accessible from North Main St, the park includes wooded ravines, a prairie area, and trails described as “rugged.”

Gallup Park

One of Ann Arbor’s most beloved parks, Gallup Park has over 3 miles of multi-use trails, including a picturesque series of bridges connecting small islands. Gallup Park is a connector on the larger Border-to-Border Trail.

Bandemer Park

A Border-to-Border trailhead, Bandemer Park is a 38-acre nature park on the Huron River. It’s also home to Ann Arbor’s only dirt bike jump course – if you’re feeling extra adventurous!

For information about biking in Ann Arbor, including a downloadable Bicycle Map, visit the City of Ann Arbor web site.

And some out-of-town favorites that are worth the drive:

Pinckney Recreation Area

With over 11,000 acres of park and 40 miles of multi-use trails, plus a chain of fishing lakes, you’ll want to plan more than one day to visit the Pinckney Recreation Area.

Border-to-Border Trail (B2B)

The B2B Trail is over 40 miles of pathway connecting cities and parks in Washtenaw County, with Ann Arbor nearly in the middle.

Waterloo State Recreation Area

Located west of Ann Arbor in Chelsea, the park boasts over 20,000 acres with 10 miles of mountain biking trails and 11 inland lakes.

Stay and Play!

After a day on the trails, park you bike at The Kensington and head out on the town for a taste of the culture Ann Arbor is known for. Or unwind over dinner at our own restaurant, rel•ish, featuring delicious and fresh locally sourced ingredients and local brews. Then relax in your luxurious room and do it all again the next day!

Our friendly and helpful staff will make sure your stay is memorable. So memorable, that you’ll bring your bike back again and again. Consider us your go-to hotel for all your Ann Arbor area adventures.

Call us at (866) 553-0434 to book your stay.